Maros Sefcovic

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘The Secretary of State of the time has to make an adjudication if a referendum is merited or not and a majority then is provided for in the Good Friday Agreement.’ Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has acknowledged that the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) provides for a 50 per cent plus one majority as sufficient in any poll (...)

David Trimble, among others, has signed  an open letter calling for the suspension of the Northern Ireland protocol. File photograph: Eric Luke

Unionist leaders who negotiated the Belfast Agreement have written an open letter calling for the suspension of the Northern Ireland protocol. The le(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen speaks during the debate on EU-UK trade and co-operation agreement during the second day of a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The European Union’s trade deal with the United Kingdom has “real teeth” and Brussels will not hesitate to use its enforcement measures if needed to h(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster described as ‘misplaced’ and “’quite mischievous’ claims of an unspoken campaign to scupper North/South Ministerial Council meetings by not putting forward unionist Ministers. File photograph: Mark Marlow/PA Wire

Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster has denied unionists are boycotting meetings with the Irish Government as part of a plan to overthrow the Northe(...)

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic: ‘A lot of things which seem problematic right now are very much in the hands of the UK government.’ Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AFP via Getty Images

The British government is advising businesses in Northern Ireland to breach international law, the European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic h(...)

EU Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic: he  appealed to the UK government not to follow through on its announcement that it would continue to waive checks on some goods until October. Photograph: Getty Images

The EU has begun legal proceedings against the UK over its decision to unilaterally suspend some checks on goods travelling into Northern Ireland from(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald welcomed move of Irish American groups. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A new advertisement campaign calling for a referendum on Irish unity will be rolled out in several US newspapers today, as the Friends of Sinn Féin or(...)

First Minister Arlene Foster: accused the European Commission of not respecting the views of unionists, who she noted were the majority in the North. File Photograph: PA Wire

The North’s First MinisterArlene Foster has accused the European Commission of being tone deaf about the impact of the Northern Ireland protocol, desc(...)

EU Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic will meet NI leaders on Thursday. Photograph: PA Wire

The senior figure overseeing Europe’s implementation of post-Brexit Northern Ireland trade arrangements meets Belfast business leaders later. Paperwo(...)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a media conference after a signing of the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility document at the European Parliament building in Brussels Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

The relatively slow start to the Covid-19 vaccination programme across the European Union has put the European Commission in a defensive posture. Havi(...)

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